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How To Install Ford Lightning Door Panel Brackets (93-95)
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Published on 2020-09-03
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Restore the interior of your Lightning with LMR's 1993-1995 F-150 Lightning door panel reinforcement brackets! This all-in-one solution fixes the broken door panel issue commonly found on these trucks. The plastic at the top of the panel becomes brittle which cracks leaving your inner door belt weatherstrip nothing to attach to. LMR's creative thinking brings you these brackets that reinforce this section of the panel. Each pre-formed bracket matches the contour of your door panel for a stress-free installation. This kit extends the life of your door panels without breaking the bank!
Late Model Restoration's dedication to providing quality, solution-based products is on full display with this door panel reinforcement bracket kit. Featuring a durable steel construction with anti-corrosion coating, these brackets reinforce the tops of your panels to ensure long-lasting life. Each side specific bracket is pre-formed with alignment slots that are precision cut for a perfect fit. New inner door belt squares are pre-cut to ensure your weatherstrip has secure mounting points. Two tubes of adhesive are provided to glue the brackets to your door panels. Finally, new door panel hardware is included to reattach both door panels after installation.
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93-95 Door Panel Reinforcement Brackets
What’s up everyone, Jay here with LMR.com, Today we will be going over our new door panel reinforcement brackets for the 1993-1995 First Gen Lightning trucks.
The Gen 1 Lightning trucks are known for their awesome styling and speed, but they still shared a few parts on the interior from their standard F-150 counterparts like the door panels.
These panels are very prone to breakage at the top edge due to age, wear/tear, and the sun baking on these. Overtime, this area of the door becomes very brittle and even the slightest bump can cause cracking.
We here at LMR listened to our customers and their concerns and we have developed a simple and effective solution.
This is our fix, the brackets in front of me will give the factory door panel the extra strength and rigidity that the OEM panels lacks.
Each one of these brackets will be made from high quality materials and will include the proper adhesive to affix these to the door.
We have designed these to have all of the proper cutouts so there is no guesswork to the install.
These also feature new openings for the inner door belt weatherstrip incase yours are damaged or even completely broken off.
Some of the tools you will need for this install will include an assortment of clamps, vice grips, screwdrivers, sand paper, a wire brush, and some cleaning supplies.
Follow along and we will show you what all is involved to get these on to your truck.
Start by removing your factory door panel, you can see how this is done by checking out the link in the description below.
Once you have the door panels off, take these to a clean work bench to start off with.
You will need to remove your factory inner door belt weatherstips by gently releasing the tabs along the panel. Once you have these off, set aside.
Next, we do recommend dry fitting the new reinforcement brackets on each panel. Just make sure that there are no obvious obstruction from these sitting as flush as possible on the panel.
Once you have checked this out, you will need to start prepping the door panel for the adhesive. We started out by cleaning all excess dirt off with a simple cleaning solution and a paper towel.
You will need to pull back the jute padding to give you room for the bracket as well. We held this in place by pinning it back with some picks and pins we had laying around the shop.
Once you have this clean, we scuffed the surface with a combination of a wire brush and some fine sandpaper. The goal here is to give the adhesive a rough surface to adhere to.
Clean all remaining dust from any sanding before applying the adhesive.
Now that we have everything cleaned off, we are ready to glue these down. Go ahead and round up all of your clamps or vise grips and have these ready.
We found that doing one last dry fit and marking the locations of the bracket is best. This way you do not apply the adhesive in locations where this is not needed.
If you have a friend here, this can really help out overall so you can do this in one step.
Open your adhesive and apply this in all areas the bracket will touch. Due to the curvature of the panel, applying the glue to your finger with a glove on will help you reach these more difficult areas.
Once you have the glue spread on the panel and the bracket, move the bracket into its proper location.
When applying the clamps, we found that a couple of larger sockets fit perfectly into the inner curve of the panel and allowed us to safely clamp this in place.
Once you have everything fully clamped down, you need to allow at least 1 hour minimum for proper dry time.
After everything has dried, you can remove your clamps and check your work. You can use any leftover adhesive to stick your jute padding back in place.
Before installing the door panel you will need to reinstall the inner door belt. Now that you have a little more material here from the brackets, you may need to bend the clips slightly to get them into place.
Now you can reinstall your door panel. Just like the removal, still be careful putting this one back on. Make sure to install your light and fully seat all of the door panel clips.
Reinstall all attaching hardware and complete all electrical connections of the window switch.
One last thing we went over was the lip of the inner door belt. You can run a small flat bladed screw driver along the panel to make sure this sits properly on the panel.
Alright everyone, this one is a needed solution for a known problem. These years of F series owners have had to live with cracked panels for years and this fix will solve any future issues down the road.
I do want to stress again to take your time on this one and do not rush.
Overall, I would say this one will take up a solid afternoon with dry time on the panels.
Once you are done, you will be happy you did this one, just having the reassurance that you do not have to worry about future cracking or breakage of the door panel.
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